«Will Hurd (TX-23) Research Report The following report contains research on Will Hurd, a Republican member of Congress in Texas’ 23rd district. ...»
we gotta make sure we’re enforcing our laws and protecting our country, that’s step one. Step two, is we need to increase access to legal immigration. When I was in the CIA, one of my cover jobs, the job I did during the day, I stamped visas. I was a consular officer. So I can talk until you’re blue in the face on our non-immigrant visa process. I know these things. I did this during the day and during the night I did my job of collecting intelligence on threats to the homeland. So we need to increase access to legal immigration. We’re a nation of immigrants, we’ve benefitted from the brain drain of every other country for the last couple of decades, I want to see us continue that, but I also, I want to benefit from the hardworking drain too. If you’re going to be a productive member of our society, let’s get you here as quickly as possible. The third bucket is the people that are already here, and I’m against amnesty, I’m against giving people that broke the law a special pathway to citizenship, but I think there’s a way that we can get them into the system.” [Texas Week with Rick Casey, published 10/27/14] Called For “Across the Board” Cuts to Federal Government To Budget To 18 Percent Of GDP Called For “Across the Board” Cuts to Federal Government To Budget To 18 Percent Of GDP.
CASEY: That obviously leads to the question that if we cut our taxes even more than they already have been, how do we fund what’s going on? Give us a broad sense of what you’d do away with, Medicare?
Medicaid? LOWRY: Medicare, people, their money was taken back and they should get it back for their Medicare, same thing with Social Security. Medicaid was not established, the federal government has no authority to takes yours, or my, or anybody else’s money to go give it to somebody else for any purpose.
It’s not theirs. CASEY: So we should do away with Medicaid. LOWRY: If the states wanna do Medicaid, let’em, they can decide. The federal government has no authority to be there. CASEY: Do you agree we should do away with Medicaid? HURD: Uh, no. CASEY: Medicare provides care for the aged, Medicaid for poor people. HURD: We need to go to a low tax, low spend government. We need to reduce federal spending, and that’s across the board. We should fix it to a certain part of GDP. I think 18 percent makes sense; that’s what it was the last time we balanced the budget. And we need to reduce the entire pie to get to there, and then once we get there, we can start talking about each individual pie piece. [Texas Week with Rick Casey; 13:05, 1/31/14] Hurd: I Think The IRS Needs To Be Reduced, I Think It Would Be Great To Be Able To Get Rid Of It Completely Hurd: I Think The IRS Needs To Be Reduced, I Think It Would Be Great To Be Able To Get Rid Of It Completely. In January 2014, Hurd appeared in a Republican primary debate against Robert Lowry, moderator Rick Casey asked the candidates whether they would eliminate the federal income tax and the IRS. CASEY: [To Robert Lowry] So you would do away with the income tax as well as the IRS?
LOWRY: I would Do away with the IRS completely. CASEY: And you, Will? HURD: I think the IRS needs to be reduced, I think it would be great to be able to get rid of it completely and I think the way you do that is you go to a low-tax, low-spend government, we can reduce the marginal tax rates, we can reduce the tax rates on corporate entities, that’s going to bring in more money and it’s also going to attract more business to the US. [Texas Week with Rick Casey; 12:40, 1/31/14]
Hurd: “I Would Not Vote To Increase The Debt Ceiling”
Hurd: “I Would Not Vote To Increase The Debt Ceiling.” In January 2014, Hurd appeared in a Republican primary debate against Robert Lowry, moderator Rick Casey asked the candidates whether they would vote to increase the debt ceiling. CASEY: One last question, I’m going to have to ask for very brief answers. We’re going to have more votes on the debt ceiling, that’s to authorize the government to pay bills we’ve already incurred, would you vote to increase the debt ceiling? LOWRY: Never. HURD: I would not vote to increase the debt ceiling. [Texas Week with Rick Casey, 16:45, 1/31/14] Hurd: “I’m Pro-Life, I Believe Life Begins At Conception, And I’m Going To Vote That Way In Congress” Hurd: “I’m Pro-Life, I Believe Life Begins At Conception, And I’m Going To Vote That Way In Congress.” In 2010, while addressing the HTA Hurd said he was pro-life and he believed life began at conception “I’m pro-life, I believe life begins at conception, and I’m going to vote that way in Congress,” said Hurd. [YouTube, uploaded 4/11/10] VIDEO: Opposed Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants VIDEO: Opposed Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants. In 2014, Hurd opposed amnesty for undocumented immigrants and supported a guest-worker program. [San Antonio Express-News, 1/30/14] “I’m against the idea of amnesty,” Hurd said. “One of my cover jobs, when I was in the CIA was stamping visas. So during the day I stamped visas and at night I went out and collected intelligence against threats to our homeland, so I can talk about the immigration process all day long.” [KLRN, 1/31/14]
VIDEO: Would Not Directly Answer Questions on the DREAM Act
VIDEO: Would Not Directly Answer Questions on the DREAM Act. In 2014, when asked if he supported the DREAM Act, Hurd did not answer the question directly, and instead said he supported a guest worker program. HURD: The United States has benefitted from the brain drain of every other country for the last number of decades. We should benefit from the hard working drain as well. I do support the idea of a guest worker program,” Hurd responded. When asked if he supported in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants, Hurd said that the issue was an example of politicians making a bigger deal out of sensitive issues than necessary, and that those students could apply for F1 visas to solve the problem. [KLRN, 10:00, 1/31/14]
AUDIO: Suggested He Was Open to the Fair Tax
AUDIO: Suggested He Was Open to the Fair Tax. In April 2010, when asked if he would support the fair tax, Hurd said that he would be willing to “evaluate” any proposal that would lower taxes. “My position on taxes is pretty simple; they need to be simpler and they need to be lower, and anything that gets us to that direction is something that should be evaluated...” [2010 4.1 TX23 Debate Part 2, 13:05] Note: Audio available from the DCCC AUDIO: Said He Would Not Modify Patriot Act AUDIO: Said He Would Not Modify Patriot Act. In 2010, Hurd said he would not modify the Patriot Act because he had seen how it helped combat terrorism. “I’ve seen how the Patriot Act has helped us stop terrorists in this country, how it’s an important tool in our toolkit to take the fight to Al Qaeda and other foreign terrorist organizations. With anything, with that type of power comes a lot of great responsibility and I think the FBI did a recent inspector general audit talking about how there are ways to streamline the implementation. So I think the Patriot Act is a very important tool and I think with most tools you should always be reviewing them, making sure that we’re not overstepping our legal bounds,” Hurd said. [2010 4.1 TX23 Debate Part 1] NOTE: Audio available from the DCCC VIDEO: Criticized for Negative Campaign VIDEO: Criticized for Negative Campaign. In April 2010, Hurd was confronted by attendees at a meeting of the Homeowner Taxpayer Association of Bexar County for running advertisements criticizing Quico Canseco and questioning his conservative credentials. “This is going to look like a pillow fight when it comes time to take on Ciro Rodriguez,” Hurd said. “I’ve been a fighter all my life. I’ve been fighting overseas protecting this country. If someone’s going to attack me, I’m going to defend myself.” [YouTube, uploaded 4/11/10] Biography This section provides background information on Will Hurd’s personal life, including education, personal finances, criminal and civil record, and other areas. Searches were conducted at various local media outlets in Bexar County, including the San Antonio Express-News, the El Paso Times and KLRN, as well as a number of other online resources, including Lexis-Nexis.
Birth Date William Ballard Hurd was born on 8/19/1977 in San Antonio, Texas. [National Journal, 11/05/14] Education Graduated From John Marshall High School. “Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Will is a proud product of the Texas public school system. He attended John Marshall High School.” [Hurd Official Biography, accessed 3/15/16] Graduated From Texas A&M In 2000 With Computer Science Degree, Served As Class President During 1999 Bonfire Collapse. “Hurd is a native of San Antonio and the youngest of three children of a mixed-race couple; his father is African-American. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2000 with a degree in computer science, a minor in international relations, and some acclaim as student body president for having helped a grieving campus recover from the 1999 collapse of the traditional football bonfire which killed 12 students and injured 27 others.”. [National Journal, 11/05/14] Career The following provides a brief overview of Will Hurd’s professional career.
2014: Defeated Rep. Pete Gallego in the TX-23 General.
2010: Lost to Francisco “Quico” Canseco after a runoff in the TX-23 GOP primary.
Overseas Operative, CIA, 2000-2009 Partner, Crumpton Group Proprietor, Pragdeal LLC Director, FusionX LLC Consultant, Cargly (Granite Dome, LLC) [National Journal, 11/05/14; Personal Financial Disclosure – Will Hurd, filed 5/15/15] Criminal Record As of December 2015, there was no indication that Hurd had a criminal record. [Nexis Criminal Record Search, 12/05/15] Judgments or Liens As of December 2015, there was no indication that Hurd had any liens or judgments against him. [Nexis Judgment and Lien Search, accessed 12/05/14] Bankruptcy Filings As of December 2015, there was no indication that Hurd had filed for bankruptcy. [Nexis Bankruptcy Search, accessed 12/05/15] Personal Finance Hurd’s Disclosures Contradict Each Other As To Levels Of Income, Assets
November 2014: Sold Ownership Stake In Granite Dome That He Had Not Previously Disclosed For As Much As $1,000. In his May 15, 2015 personal financial disclosure filing, Hurd disclosed that he had sold a “1% ownership interest in a IT company that managed vehicle maintenance based in austin, TX that was sold in November 2014.” Hurd had not disclosed the ownership stake in any of his previous disclosures. [[Personal Financial Disclosure – Will Hurd, filed 10/30/13; Personal Financial Disclosure – Will Hurd, filed 9/02/14; Personal Financial Disclosure – Will Hurd, filed 4/14/15; Personal Financial Disclosure – Will Hurd, filed 5/15/15] 2015 – Federal Financial Disclosure Report (Filed 5/15/15) According to 2015’s federal financial disclosures, Hurd had no earned income in 2014 and between $1,407 and $7,000 in unearned income. Hurd’s assets totaled between $16,017 and $241,000. Hurd did not disclose any liabilities.
2013 (Amended) – Federal Financial Disclosure Report (Filed 4/09/15) According to his 2014’federal financial disclosure, Hurd had no earned income in 2013 and no unearned income, though he did complete transactions, through asset sales, valued at between $350,000 and $750,000. Hurd’s assets totaled between $3,003 and $45,000. Hurd did not disclose any liabilities.
Reported At Least $3,003 In Assets And Nothing In Unearned Income. For the period of January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, Hurd reported assets valued between $16,017 and $241,000 and unearned income between $1,407 and $7,000. [Personal Financial Disclosure – Will Hurd, filed 4/14/15]
Reported No Earned Income In 2013. Hurd reported no earned income in Schedule C of his April 2015 PFD for 2013. [Personal Financial Disclosure – Will Hurd, filed 4/14/15] Disclosed No Positions In Annual PFD For 2013 Filed In April 2015.
June 2013: Hurd Sold Three Percent Ownership Interest In Crumpton Group & Crumpton Global – Sales Valued At Up To $750,000. According to his amended financial disclosure filed in April 2015, Hurd sold a 3% ownership interest in both Crumpton Global and Crumpton Group in June 2013. The sale of Crumpton Group stake was valued between $250,001 and $500,000, while the Crumpton Global sale was valued between $100,001 and $250,000. [Personal Financial Disclosure – Will Hurd, filed 4/14/15] 2013 – Federal Financial Disclosure Report (Filed 9/02/14) According to his September 2014’s federal financial disclosure covering 2013, Hurd had $99,638 in earned income in 2013 and between $1,006 and $5,200 in unearned income. Hurd also disclosed transactions worth up to $750,000 as he sold his Crumpton Group stake, in a sale valued between $250,001 and $500,000, as well as his Crumpton Global stake for between $100,001 and $250,000. Hurd’s assets totaled between $16,016 and $240,000. Hurd did not disclose any liabilities.
Reported At Least $16,016 In Assets And At Least $1,006 In Unearned Income. For the period of January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, Hurd reported assets valued between $16,016 and $240,000 and unearned income between $1,006 and $5,200. [Personal Financial Disclosure – Will Hurd, filed 9/02/14]
2013: Hurd Sold Ownership Interests In Crumpton Group & Crumpton Global In Sales Valued At Up To $750,000. According to his amended financial disclosure filed in September 2014, Hurd sold his ownership interest in both Crumpton Global and Crumpton Group during 2013. The sale of Crumpton Group stake was valued between $250,001 and $500,000, while the Crumpton Global sale was valued between $100,001 and $250,000. [Personal Financial Disclosure – Will Hurd, filed 9/02/14] Disclosed Positions As partner With Crumpton Group And Crumpton Global, Additional Positions With Fusion X, Pragdeal, And Granite Dome.